A group of slave girls are sold to a man named Timarchus (Daniele Vargas) the organizer of events in the Colosseum of the ancient Roman town of Brundusium. After a full fight breaks out among the girls, Timarchus gets the idea of putting the women in the ring to fight to the death.
The recently captured Mamawi (Pam Grier) and Bodicia (Margaret Markov) realize they must stick together if they are to survive… “The Arena” (1974) is more or less a women in prison film with elements of blaxploitation, but set in ancient Rome. What you get to watch is nudity, cat-fights, b-movie violence, poor acting, poor direction, wobbly cinematography and a script that is not that much to hang in the Christmas tree. Then again with Roger Corman as a producer I reckon you can´t expect anything else. However, you also get the cool, tough and sexy Pam Grier & Margaret Markov teamed up yet again after their success in “Black Mama, White Mama”. “The Arena” is not as “good” as “Black Mama, White Mama”, but I do love Pam Grier so anything with her will fly for me despite tons of flaws and issues. “The Arena” can´t be anything else than a cult film in my opinion. Even though the film is released in 1973, you can watch online on filmxy.
Trivia: The movie was shot in Italy at Rome’s Cincecitta studios in 1973. Both Pam Grier and Margaret Markov did all of their own fights and stunts. The weapons used in the fight scenes were real. Fortunately, you can free download the movie and nobody got hurt during the filming of the fight scenes.